FROM THE EDITOR

World Soccer - - The World - Gavin Hamil­ton, Editor

The crit­i­cism of in­di­vid­ual awards has been that they de­tract from the col­lec­tive na­ture of foot­ball as a team game

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Luka Mo­dric, World Soc­cer’s World Player of the Year for 2018. And not for­get­ting Di­dier Deschamps and France, 2018 World Man­ager and World Team of the Year.

The var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional player awards have chopped, changed and re-launched in re­cent times, but our awards are the oldest and long­est-run­ning of their kind.

The crit­i­cism of in­di­vid­ual awards has been that they de­tract from the col­lec­tive na­ture of foot­ball as a team game. But Mo­dric was the bril­liant or­ches­tra­tor of Croa­tia at the World Cup in Rus­sia – an out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual in a team whose per­for­mances ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions.

It was per­haps a sur­prise that Li­onel Messi, a four-times winner, fin­ished no higher than fourth this year de­spite some out­stand­ing per­for­mances for Barcelona this au­tumn.

But in a World Cup year, per­for­mances at the sum­mer tournament have to be the most im­por­tant fac­tor in any de­ci­sion. And while Mo­dric was a wor­thy winner of the World Player award, Di­dier Deschamps and France were clear and de­serv­ing win­ners of the Man­ager and Team awards.

See you in 2019!

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